Six clicks: OneNote tricks to make you an instant expert

Six clicks: OneNote tricks to make you an instant expert

Summary: Microsoft's OneNote is a completely cross-platform app now, which means it can go with you anywhere. In this gallery, I present six of my favorite OneNote productivity secrets to help you get your personal and work projects organized.

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  • Cross-platform power tips for OneNote

    OneNote is the hidden gem in Office, more than a decade old but still earning new converts regularly. In recent years, Microsoft has moved it from bit player to star performer. It's a completely cross-platform app now, with desktop versions for Windows and OS X, mobile versions on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, across-the-board tablet support, and web versions when an app isn't handy.

    The more you use OneNote, the more valuable it becomes, thanks to its ability to help you pull together personal and work details in a free-form way.

    In this gallery, I present six of my favorite OneNote productivity secrets.

  • Add to-do tags to any list

    One of the best uses for OneNote is to create lists of tasks, objectives, milestones, and so on. By storing that list on a page in OneDrive, you can sync the list's contents to the OneNote app on any device, including PCs and Macs, smartphones, and tablets.

    From any of those platforms, you can click in any line and add a checkbox at the front of that item. That checkbox, called a To Do Tag, lets you click or tap to mark an item as complete. This information is synced to all your device as well, so you can check the status of every item on your to-do list from anywhere.

    The To Do Tag button is on the Home ribbon in OneNote for Windows and at the top of the page on iOS and Android devices.

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  • It's a completely cross-platform app now

    Really, which Linux distro is it available for and how does one set up the repository?
    Linux_Lurker
    • Cross-platform

      For example, a cross-platform application may run on Microsoft Windows on the x86 architecture, Linux on the x86 architecture and Mac OS X on either the PowerPC or x86 based Apple Macintosh systems.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross-platform
      daikon
    • Android is Linux too

      It is available on Android, which is a Linux distro.
      Fleet Command
    • Does Linux not have a Web Browser anymore?

      I know it has been a year, but last time I ran Ubuntu, it came with a Web Browser. Are you expecting One Note to work on headless Linux Servers? That might be your problem.
      gomigomijunk
    • Yep

      You can use the web based version or the RESTful API to access it from any platform. What you call "Linux" which is really various X Windows based GUIs and not specific to Linux don't really have enough usage to get a directly supported custom client, but you can certainly write one.
      Buster Friendly
    • I'm the subject.

      Use the web-based version with Chrome.
      UnixEvangelist
  • Very weak trolling

    It works fine in every web browser. Go to town.

    I probably should have noted that it works in every platform that has more than 1.5% of installed base.. So no BlackBerry and no (HA HA HA HA) desktop Linux.
    Ed Bott
    • So it isn't really cross platform.

      Didn't think so.
      jessepollard
      • but...

        All the Linux lovers keep saying Android is Linux... Soooo it is cross platform... Unless all the Linux lovers are now saying Android isn't Linux.
        aesonaus
        • Android runs a Linux kernel

          Stop with the non sense.

          "Android isn't Linux."
          daikon
          • so which is it? :)

            Cause the story keeps changing...
            Android has market share - yeah look Linux is taking over the world...
            Something runs on Android but not Linux - oh it's not cross platform because it hasn't been released for Linux...

            So either Android is Linux in which case the market share comments are fair enough, but also means that in this case it is cross platform because its been released on Android, or Android isn't Linux in which case the market share comments are null and void but in this case they can call out that it doesn't have Linux support and so is only cross all platforms via the browser. Or option c which is to just keep being hypocritical and changing the story to suit the particular instance of railing against anything that isn't
            aesonaus
          • Do a little research and what makes you happy

            It must be so....... ;}
            daikon
          • ha ha...

            Good response
            aesonaus
          • The whole point is pointless

            OneNote has a web app so it runs on Linux desktop anyway. Does it have 100% of the features on Windows desktop? No but neither does the Android or Metro versions. But it is there.
            Rann Xeroxx
      • It doesn't run on Amiga or OS/2 either

        You kind of have to EARN your way onto the list of supported platforms by having people CHOOSE you/
        Ed Bott
        • Or allow other people to implement what you chose not to...

          Granted, up to the vendor.
          jessepollard
          • They published an API.

            http://dev.onenote.com so if someone is inclined, they may have at it.
            gomigomijunk
      • So cross platform...

        ...only means its cross platform if it supports every OS ever made, currently made? Ah, no, that is not what cross platform means but troll away.
        Rann Xeroxx
    • Command line version of One Note coming soon to Linux.

      It works, you have to use curl...but it works. Here are the docs:

      http://dev.onenote.com/
      gomigomijunk
    • Blackberry 10 runs many Jelly Bean apps but not OneNote

      It seems to run ok and fast, it just won't connect. I really wish it would.
      MeMyselfAndI_z